I've never written a review for a book, so this is a first for me. I wondered how I would begin by giving a synopsis on the book, but to be honest, I think I'll have to restrain myself from telling everything.
The twin brothers, now obviously in their early 20's, wrote the book at the ripe old age of 19. Something that we really don't see too much of these days is a student just beyond secondary school age writing an inspirational story. Of course, they would agree that not too many other teens have done the same. But I think they would be just quick to speak up and say, "Why not?"
The series of accounts the young men tell are stories that move, encourage, convict and yes, inspire anyone to take a step beyond the comfort of the normal routine. They all but 'double-dog dare' their own generation to do the things that no one seems to think that teens can muster up the strength to accomplish. The challenge goes far beyond the typical cry to be a good citizen, but to press the limit of your own circumstances to see the greatness that we are all capable of. I don't think these young men know how to say 'status quo' anymore than they want to meet it. By the time you reach the middle of the book and see their simple, yet sturdy 5 step process to excel and 'Do Hard Things' you can bet that a person of any age (even 35) can be prodded to look at his/her own life and process what steps can be made to do better in life.
I firmly believe we all have been created for a purpose. Unfortunately, most simply sit and wait for that 'purpose' to creep up and bite them all the while slapping at the opportunities like they were poisonous. Doing hard things, ugh, doing the right things are hard to do, yet Brett and Alex as well as others they list in their book have paved the way for a new generation of teens to break the mold and do great things!
I recommend this to any teen that longs for a life of making a difference. For a person to realize that you don't have to travel far off, earn millions of dollars or even get a driver's license before you can begin changing your world is an invaluable lesson and an encouraging testimony to all those around you. Read this book and really take it serious, you may be surprised how serious people begin to take you as you live it out!
If you are the parent of a tween, teen or young adult I would highly recommend this book for you to read first, then pass it along to your child. Don't just buy it and then hand it over expecting them to act different. Do this with them, it will be hard,but isn't that the point?